Game of Thrones is an HBO TV series adapted from the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. It takes place in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros during medieval times.
I’m all about the movement to modernize the mead industry and worry about broader reach when meaderies focus their brand too much on historical mead. While the history of mead is vast and should be acknowledged, we need to look to more contemporary style and recipes.
So why am I doing a post about mead and Game of Thrones, since it is a medieval show?
It’s an excellent show with a large audience. The mead industry is well positioned to leverage the mediaeval history of the beverage through the success of the Game of Thrones to bring mead to a broader audience.
Ommegang brewery from Cooperstown New York (one of my favorite breweries) collaborated with HBO on a limited release beer inspired by the show, called Fire and Blood. Until there is a specific mead made for the show, here is my suggestion for mead pairings for the Game of Thrones season premier.
While there aren’t any Vikings specifically in Westeros. There is much blood shed… very much blood shed.
This mead has nice floral aroma and a bite of ginger. It has a high alcohol content, and will keep you nice and warm as winter comes.
Along with winter comes the white walkers from the north. Everyone will need strength to kill the zombies. This delicious cyser from B Nektar should do the trick. It is very drinkable, so you might want to grab a couple to last you through the premier.
Really, any mead will be good for watching Game of Thrones. Check out some of the meadist mead reviews to find the best one for you.